Fall is near and dear and the skies sometimes reflect this …
The little birds are getting themselves ready to endure the coming cold weather so I help them out by putting small sections of suet and bird seed out for them
I think this is a female Bush-tit .. sweet little bird ..
It is still hit and miss to try and get a good photo of the Gold Crowned Sparrows .. love their songs ..
There are a number of Nuthatches that visit the yard .. they like this feeder in particular. I’ve spent a fair bit of $$ on good quality bird seed. The birds aren’t impressed with the costlier hulled sunflower seeds and mostly just toss them out of the feeder. So I won’t be buying that again! They prefer to pick out the un-hulled seeds to take away with them.
A geranium plant is preparing to unfurl a bouquet of lovely flowers …
It almost seems like a New Year’s celebration with all the curling tendrils of the squash plants .. all we need are sparkling lights to add to the festive atmosphere.
The rains began, sporadically, on Friday … yesterday the pattern continued, with interspersed spots of sun and visits by the wind.
I wandered outside … looking at the birds. The word is out that there is extra food set out in the feeders so there are quite a variety. A Flicker belts out his happy song from up above in the wild and crazy tree. He is tucked away in the branches so I couldn’t get a glimpse of his beautiful plumage. I’ll get a good look, though, in the upcoming season. They can’t stay away from the suet!
The Gold Crowned Sparrows have returned during the past week ..their lovely songs warm my heart and I am so pleased they are back.
Despite the chilly weather, I just know that there will be warm and sunny days ahead. Plenty of time for the hundreds of bean flowers to transform into juicy green beans.
This has been a most bountiful year for all gardeners and I’ve heard many excited stories of people trading their excess of fruit and veggies with others. Happy stories.
Myself, I am quite content with my summer of growing beans, loving the beauty of the tall pole plants providing privacy, shade and food for our freezer (and juicer!).
Healthy plants, fed with seaweed, (unmedicated) llama manure and the powerful EM (effective microorganism) that I mix up. Along with a sprinkle of rock powder, my garden soil has enabled all my plants to grow happily.
The cleaning up of the garden has begun and I have more to do .. potting up plants, moving them to one area of the yard so they will be easier to maintain. Some pruning to be done, some clipping of errant branches and heavy cutting of larger limbs that seemed to have suddenly appeared. That will be dh’s job as a chainsaw will be needed. More sun to come in the yard.
Another year of gardening has flown by .. another year of magic. Still amazed at the power of one little seed growing into massive plants that bear food for us to eat. Timeless transformations. It never gets tired.
In today’s world, it seems that quite often, due to massive construction in quiet little neighbourhoods .. that privacy and quiet becomes like a long lost dream. It’s happened in our little area and speaking with visitors from Sweden a few years ago .. it happens over there also. What to do? And why does this happen? ($$$) And how to deal with this?
Where once we had a view of mountains in the distance – there is now a multi-story care facility. There went the skyline, I thought. Cringing from the mountain of cement that now loomed, 7 stories high.
Then in the same time frame – another multi story set of condos went in down the street.
During the past number of years, we have had to endure the mess, noise and infringement that all this construction brought in. It was not a happy time. It was a struggle to even want to be outside in the garden. And so I didn’t continue with a number of projects that I’d started and my yard was no longer my creative haven. I went outside with a heck of a positive attitude and creative energy – only to be driven back inside, frustrated with the ugly sounds of all the construction activity that just couldn’t be avoided. Even with my sump pump water fountain and my IPod at its loudest volume.
I sought solace elsewhere, going for walks, joining an exercise group – just to experience some peace and quiet. Frustrated that I had to leave home to find it as it wasn’t available anymore in our yard. My heaven.
Now the noise is nearly over – hopefully will soon disappear. And I can again seek joy and solitude in my garden.
Myself .. I’m thankful that I let our fruit trees and bamboo grow to their heart’s content and that affords us a lot of privacy. I can almost pretend that my garden is my paradise.
For now, after 3 years of horrific noise I can now find the energy to continue with garden projects long neglected. Noise has such negative energy that my creative soul went away for a holiday and I’ve been inviting it back. It’s been returning in little bits. I’m imploring it to stay awhile.
I do this by focusing on the beauty and positivity that exists in little pockets in the yard.
Here is a tiny little beneficial hover fly in a bird-planted flower.
This hardy rose continues to flower and will continue till the fall. Lovely scented roses. It demands absolutely nothing – I don’t water it and don’t add fertilizer and it flowers away madly!An actual photo of the squash, steadily growing away. I quite liked the play of shadow on the surface ..very art nouveau, I thought.
Here is one little area. Years ago there was just grass here. I had gradually planted some cedars, Nandia bamboo, Crocsomia, Southernwood .. and mulched it quite heavily. Yesterday I returned to this long-neglected area (one of many in the yard) and tidied it up a bit, forming a temporary little brick wall and when it was all done, I stood back to admire it. And quite like the friendly look of this little corner. There is a section of oak tree in there that I keep moving around the yard. Eventually I’ll use it in a small hugulkultur – but for now am trying to grow moss in the openings. And I’ll pour a glass of white wine and set myself down at the little bistro table to relax a bit, one of these evenings. Or, just a mug of Yorkshire Tea .. if I decide to relax during a sunny afternoon. Whatever. A place to relax – hidden by the branches of the old apple tree and tall bamboo at the side.Flowers of the Nandia bamboo – diminutive little flowers that grace this section of the yard with their beauty and elegance.Nearby is a sturdy little Southernwood … love the perfume from the feathery leaves.
My dear Lady JaneE .. sitting on the little bench ..majestically awaiting her treats.
Although I have bought pricier treats for her .. she insists on Temptations. At nearly 21 years of age – who am I to argue. A Cat always rules the house and yard. We mere humans bend to their rules! She is a happy little girl.The Bush-Tits swirl into the yard … I think that I’ve been seen .. but they ignore me and nibble daintily at the suet. I place small amounts of the suet in feeders throughout the yard as little treats for my feathered friends.
Then one of these little darlings perches on a section of nearby bamboo – looking for the rest of the flock:
He travels to the nearby “first Christmas tree”for a few seconds and then flies away to join his family.
Serene blue skies above ..
A hollyhock flower catches my eye … another bird planted beauty? It grows quite tall and if I hadn’t been looking at the Bush-tits, I wouldn’t have noticed this at all!
Growing higher than I can reach, even standing on a step ladder – are my “favourite beans” which I will let dry and save them for seed. Some for me, some for friends and family. Sharing is what gardening is all about.
One of two Pyracanthus bushes in the yard, this one is huge. The full 8 foot height is bent over due to the heavily laden branches which are covered with the orange berries. I’ve tried various methods of staking this plant and tired of being attacked by the sharp thorns had decided to prune it back. But first, I checked with Ann Nightingale (a Birding Expert in British Columbia and far beyond!) When I am stymied with a bird question, I send her an e-mail inquiry and she always responds with the answer! Yesterday I was trying to find out if the Pyracanthus berries are favourites for birds. Not finding an answer to my question online, I e-mailed Ann. And her swift response helped me make the decision to prune! I can then either dry or freeze the berries for the winter time. And then I can add these berries to the feeders when the cold weather arrives. As our freezer is full to bursting with fruits and veggies from the garden, I’ve decided to dry them. So I’ll clip the branches and leave them hanging over a tarp and when they are dry .. I will shake the berries off. http://vibigyear.ca/
Towering pole beans – like this Scarlet Red Runner Beans – add pockets of privacy throughout the yard. I have more growing in the yard!!
So I do feel a bit of my creative energy coming back in my garden. And I dream of our next place which will definitely have more yard than house. An opportunity to create another paradise where no buildings will be seen and I’ll have the space to create lovely outdoor rooms for dreaming in.